Ketuk Ubi is also one of my favourite kuehs... I love the ones from BengawanSolo.
So this time I will like to try make them myself...
Ketuk Ubi 揶丝木薯
Looks not too bad isn't it...???
Well, in fact, it wasn't..... I am clueless about buying tapioca, let alone choosing one:-p
This tapioca, which I bought from Sheng Siong Supermarket, was a long thin one, and basically there wasn't much choices for me as there was only about 3 or 4 left... I had asked the aunty to help me check if the tapioca was "the right one", but she is just like me, clueless.... :-D
Before I went back home, I had asked my helper to peel the skin & steam the tapioca for 30mins. So that when I get back home, I can just mix it up with sugar and mashed up the tapioca...
To my horror, 30 mins wasn't cooked, and it was still raw & hard... So I cut them up into smaller cubes this time and steam for another 45-60mins.... It was still raw & hard!!!!
So I gave up.... I took them out, and mash them....
I really had a hard time mashing these tapioca... till my arms were aching, I was perspiring away... :-p
The outcome of the kueh was really bad... it was too sticky and it wasn't mashed finely...
As you can see from the above picture, the tapioca was very soft & sticky...even though I had put it in the fridge for awhile. It did not even turn hard even after 2 days... So you can imagine how soft it was.......
For those of you who are like me, clueless about choosing tapioca:
After asking around.... I found out that it is best to choose a tapioca that is fat & round, with a slight darker skin color. This type of tapioca just needs 30 mins of steaming & it will be soft...
Whereas for the thin & long tapioca I bought, it takes a super duper long time to steam or rather I should say, it doesn't soften even though it has be steamed for 2 hours!!! Someone say this type of tapioca is "sa beh seh"... :-p
But I think, the next time when I buy a tapioca, I will go to my usual vegetable stall and ask the aunty to choose for e, for sure, it wouldn't go wrong.... hehehehe!!!
I will definitely try this recipe again, using the right tapioca... hahaha....
Here is the recipe:
1kg tapioca (peeled)
250g sugar (you can lessen the sugar)
500g grated coconut
1. Peel off the tapioca skin & wash. Steam it for about 30mins or until soft.
2. Transfer it to a large mixing bowl and add the sugar immediately.
3. Mash it till sugar is dissolved and compress it.
4. Cut into large cubes and top it with grated coconut.
I will be submitting this to : Aspiring Bakers #12: Traditional Kueh (October 2011) hosted by SSB of Small Small Baker